Thursday scent of the day 6/26


We're almost to Friday. What fragrance are you wearing today?

I am wearing Parfums de Nicolaï Eau Exotique. Like yesterday's Parfums de Nicolaï Balkis Light, it's been discontinued. It's a longtime summer favorite of mine, so I've been rationing what I have left of it. 

Reminder: tomorrow will be Forgotten Friends Day — wear something you haven't worn in ages, or that you tend to forget that you own, or the like.

And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2014, where I'll try to always have the next six or seven weeks mapped out in advance.

Note: top image is Mango and its longitudinal section via Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. melissa says:

    Cartier Baiser Vole EDP — next in my indecision line on an indecisive morning!

  2. ihadanidea says:

    My sample of Jubilation 25 – the “women’s” scent I believe. Already have received a few compliments.

    Robin, I think remember you saying you liked the men’s version of this – is it similar?

    • Robin says:

      I actually like the men’s much better…I respect the women’s but didn’t really want to own it. Would gladly take a bottle of the men’s. I don’t really think they’re all that similar.

      • ihadanidea says:

        Thanks! Interesting that a house like this makes the male/female scent distinction. Putting trying all of the men’s stuff on the perfume agenda.

        • Robin says:

          Oh, they’re far from the only ones, but you see it more in mainstream than niche.

    • nozknoz says:

      Jubilation XXV reminds me more of Amouage Homage Attar.

      • ihadanidea says:

        Another one I have to try. But in the same way I avoided a certain amount of perfume for a while for fear of spending too much, that one makes my wallet cower in fear and I’m afraid to fall in love.

        • nozknoz says:

          This is relatively a good time to fall in love with Amouage, as some of them have been showing up on discount sites (no affiliation) recently. OTOH, they are not inexpensive even with a healthy discount. I just have a couple of decants of Jubilation XXV. It’s not something I could wear every day, anyway – as if there is anything I would wear every day, lol.

          • anngd says:

            Hi Nozknoz – any hints about which sites?

          • nozknoz says:

            anngd, I bought Beloved from FrangranceNet back in December. (Someone mentioned on one of the lazy weekend polls that they had just found it there.) I found Gold on Amazon about a year ago. (FYI, BeautyEncounter, which I like, is also an Amazon associated seller.) I have no affiliation with any of these. They were at least a third off, so still over $200.

            In general, if I am looking for something, I do a google search, search Amazon, and also search ebay. I check all three to see if I can find a price that matches my level of interest. I’ve found some of my more expensive perfumes on ebay as testers, or lightly used bottles sold by an individual downsizing a collection, etc. It probably doesn’t hurt to search directly on discounter sites that you trust, either. Sometimes the google searches seem less deep than other times.

            FYI, I waited years for good prices on Amouage. Primary sellers must be rotating stock now or something (maybe something to do with upcoming changes in packaging or IFRA regulations???). I notice that Beloved shows up as sold out on Bergdorf Goodman (for whom it was created). I think it was around $400 originally, but not certain.

            Again, I have no affiliation with any potential sources!

            Splits are perhaps the best way to build a collection, but I live in the DC area where post offices are especially cautious, and I have not had time to devote to it so far.

  3. sayitisntso says:

    No proper perfume today. Just a generous slather of Bigelow’s Lemon body cream.

  4. scentfromabove says:

    Good Morning All! My SOTD is Le Labo Neroli 36 Perfume Oil. It was one of the samples I got from Lucky Scent. I wanted to try it because I never owned a perfume oil and I wanted to see how it compared to regular perfume. It is nice, but nothing I’m crazy over. I will stick with my perfume. Not FB worthy to me. Have a good day everyone! :)

    • Robin says:

      I’m not usually a fan of oils either, although do like a few.

  5. Janice says:

    I’m wearing a dab of Amouage Journey Man on one wrist and Woman on the other. I try to sample both versions when they release a new one, but the only one I recall where I really liked the men’s better was Jubilation.

    • Robin says:

      Ah, someone agrees with me on Jubilation (see above).

      • ihadanidea says:

        You guys have sold me – I’m going to test it as soon as possible.

  6. nozknoz says:

    I’m testing Jacomo Chicane EdT. There is a multivitamin pill smell that I dislike initially, which might be due to age, but it smells good later on (though not nearly as interesting as the contemporaneous Jacomo masculine, Eau Cendrée). It reminds me somewhat of Amouage Gold.

    • morgana says:

      nozknoz, you are so brave to continue testing something that starts with a multivitamin pill smell!

      • nozknoz says:

        morgana, I don’t pay much attention to top notes usually, anyway. What’s worse are the ones for which the top notes are the best part! ;-)

    • kindcrow says:

      Eeeww! That reminds me of the taste of those multi-vitamin horse pills (big as a horse or big enough for a horse) my mom bought from the health food store when I was a kid. Now that I think about it, those pills looked like hay that had been finely chopped, compressed, and shellacked, so there is another horse reference!

  7. thegoddessrena says:

    Fils de Dieu is my scent today because it isn’t wonderful enough for tomorrow (when I’ll probably be hugged by the coworker that I don’t start dating until Sun)

    • Robin says:

      Hey, that all sounds intriguing!

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      “it isn’t wonderful enough for tomorrow when I will probably be hugged by the coworker that I don’t start dating until Sun”

      Thank you!

      That made my day.

      I hope s/he is equal to your perspicaciousness and humor!

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Well, his hugs are certainly wonderful (grin and glow.)

        • ihadanidea says:

          I need one of those…

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Why did that make your day?

  8. relleric says:

    SOTD is Eau de Lalique. Trying to think ahead of tomorrow what forgotten frag to wear… :)

    • Robin says:

      I looked around at the back of my cabinet on Monday — I have a gajillion choices.

  9. CM says:

    Wearing Amouage Journey (W) today and loving it! Tea scents generally don’t work for me (too smoky) so I’m happy to have found this one. I’m sure a bottle is in my future.

    Jealous of your Eau Exotique! I’ve long since drained what I had and am hoarding Eau Turquoise which is similar. I love this one best during the hottest part of summer. L’Eau a la folie is also similar… but not quite the same. Still hoping for a re-release!

    • Robin says:

      I tried but couldn’t love Turquoise. I wish PdN would do what L’Artisan is doing, and bring things back as limited editions every so often.

      • morgana says:

        I wish L’artisan would bring back their fleur de carotte!

        • Dilana says:

          If you like carrot, try I Love New York Les Carrottes, Iris laced carrots.

          • morgana says:

            Hi Dilana, I have a FB of I Love NY Les Carrottes and yes that should be plenty …, but I bet that if L’Artisan somehow decides to brings back Fleur, I’ll be reporting to Donatella that one as well :(

        • Robin says:

          Gosh yes. And Jacinthe des Bois.

      • CM says:

        I thought they were very similar… but that’s really comparing my memory of EE to ET since I never compared them side by side.

    • trixiesweet says:

      I so want to try Journey – which will be the first Amouage I try. I’m kind of hesitating because I don’t want to fall in love with it, as it is pricey.

  10. rose pepper says:

    Today I’m wearing Bottega Venetta. Had an early and busy morning at work. I like how is smells like those violet candies, but not sweet.

  11. morgana says:

    I think I’ll wear Hermes Paprika Brasil as I want something to admire throughout the day.

    • Coumarin says:

      Mmm, another Paprika Brasil fan! I love that savory heat over pale iris and wood. I wish I had a sample right now. I would wear it with you.

      • morgana says:

        YAY for Paprika Brasil fans!

        If I get to a post office one of these days, I’ll send you a sample so that we can keep our (tiny, I am afraid) PB fan group going :)

  12. trixiesweet says:

    Heatwave today – it’s around 100 degrees. That means it was Silences day! If I had a signature, that would be it. The thing is, in the office it’s much cooler, which is good obviously, but it kills any light fragrance.

    • mals86 says:

      Love Silences. Especially the PdT, it’s so sweet-juicy and cool. Lots of rose in it, too.

  13. pyramus says:

    CSP Vanille Peach. Just warm and luscious and perfect.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      That sounds lovely. Must see if I can find a sample

      • pyramus says:

        Neither of the usual places (Surrender to Chance and Perfumed Court) has it, unfortunately, and it’s been discontinued for quite a while, of course. It’s not absolutely dissimilar to the easily available Vanille Abricot, although Vanille Peach is much fresher and fruitier (VA is more like dried fruit and caramelized sugar).

        I was surprised to find on the French CSP website that a LOT of their older scents are still available: Vanille Mokha, Vanille Banane, Vanille Cannelle, and Vanille Pitahaya, to name just a few.

    • nozknoz says:

      I have decants of CSP Fleur de Peche, which is great!

    • Bear says:

      So bizarre! When I was searching for the scent I will wear tomorrow I came across a box of CSP that I had purchased 4-5 years ago at Marshall’s ($9.99 for 50ml) that I didn’t even know I had, and of course it is……………..Vanille Peach. LOL – it is strange how they named it with the French Vanille and English Peach. Will wear it sometime next week.

  14. teri says:

    It’s Thursday, so it’s ‘dig around in the untried sample box’ day. Inadvertently (as in, the vial opened onto my hand while I was digging through the box) i’m wearing Parfum d’Empire’s “Ayizade”. Wow! BO (Cumin) and cinnamon/ginger. Fabulous! Twenty years ago this would have sent me running for the soap and water. But with my now oh-so-much-more-sophisticated perfumista tastes, this is pretty great.

    • nozknoz says:

      This is so true. I can remember the first time I encountered Serge Lutens perfumes, in 2001. I think I sniffed Arabie and A la Nuit (not certain), and was repelled by how strong they were. Now, A la Nuit is one of my favs. :-)

    • scentfromabove says:

      I love how you assigned a day to wear a scent from a sample box. What a unique and awesome way to test out all those samples! I love it! :)

  15. foxbins says:

    Six sprays of Carnal Flower and I am a radiating Godzilla of white flowers, but I’m at home and enjoying it immensely!

    Pawing through the perfume cabinet I found a scent for tomorrow’s lost love.

    • sayitisntso says:

      You smell amazing!!!

    • SophieC says:

      So glad someone else admits to spraying that much! I always feel positively flagrant when I do but enjoy it and so won’t stop!

  16. Mary Carol says:

    Decided on Oliver & Co. Dunard. It;s a nice scent for a day with temperatures in the seventies.

  17. Dilana says:

    Everyone must smell so dressed up today.
    I’m wearing Piguet’s Bois Bleu, which I bought to get a gift bag (and a small bottle of Fracas). It is a very dry scent, perfect for humid summer days.

  18. perthgirl says:

    PdN Maharanih Intense today, and now that it is cold and bedtime, a big swoosh of Songes! I wouldn’t ever have thought this would be good for sleep, but it’s so winter dreary and this has just swept some happy summer sunshine through my bedroom. (cat doesn’t approve)

    • AnnS says:

      Songes is a great fragrance! It is so warm and complex. Good choice for bed!

  19. bonardi says:

    wearing aromatics elixir edt, perfumespray I do’nt like.
    And as always in summer, sniffin Eu du soir, la perla, Knowing beloved amouage, gold amouage,coco,..pfffffff I want a signature so badley, I want my closet to smell like MY perfume, like in the 80/90’s with escada(red) and tendre poison…

    • thegoddessrena says:

      Haven’t seen it in a couple of months but Robin used to run the Monday Mail in which the community helps people find new scents to love

  20. AnnS says:

    Today, yesterday, the day before I’ve been home nursing my daughter and myself with a nasty head/chest cold. Ugh. It is cool here and breezy, and I wanted interesting and comforting. My choice is Habanita edp. (Yesterday I wore AG Le Chevrefeuille to perk me up.)

    • perthgirl says:

      Oh Habanita! You smell great too Ann :) and you reminded me of another potential lost friend for tomorrow..

      Hope you and your daughter are feeling better soon. :)

  21. SophieC says:

    Am wearing Shalimar EDP today. And cannot smell it having sprayed 6 or so hours ago??? Also some very nice smelling Riger & Gallet Bois D’Orange hand cream. I have the body oil and may investigate that combined with Seville a l’aube.

  22. lucasai says:

    SotD is Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khol de Bahrein

  23. Dawn says:

    Today is a Mitsouko in EDP form. I may have amassed a small vintage Mitsouko collection, the vintage is too good to be wasted at work were people won’t get it’s real oakmoss goodness.

  24. ladymurasaki says:

    Chanel 1932. I’ve been up since 5, so I’m ready for a nap

  25. floragal says:

    Hi perfumista friends!
    I’m wearing Bottega Venetta today and I’m fascinated at how uniquely different this smells from the last time I wore it all because I’ve been wearing Cuir de Lancome so much lately.

    BV is a sweet scent! I totally smell the floral whereas before it was very leathery/patchouli to my nose. Cuir is such a different leather that its brought out the Jasmine in BV to me.

    Still love it anyway!

    • Nightingale says:

      As a newbie I am continually amazed at how different I can interpret a fragrance the next time around. I think the more I sample the more I understand different facets of a fragrance. When I first tried BV I felt overwhelmed…it might be time to give it another go.

    • annemarie says:

      BV reads quite sweet on me too, almost cloyingly so for the first hour. I’ve just bought a decant so that I can test it out thoroughly. I don’t like it as much as Cuir de Lancome, an yet find it more wearable …

  26. farouche says:

    Trish McAvoy’s Gardenia Musk #4, now discontinued. This has a nice medium sillage and is lasting longer than I remembered, always a plus!

  27. Calypso says:

    I am wearing Eau Duelle by Diptyque. The saleslady at Nordstrom’s gave me some samples of it when I was there last week to buy Volutes EDP. I like it all right but it’s a bit too sweet and bland for me, pure vanilla. I got Journey Woman recently in a sample and was underwhelmed by it. I also found it way too sweet. That’s good because I have a couple of other Amouage scents on the wish list (Fate and Interlude Woman) and don’t need to keep adding more. I also have a bottle of Eau Turquoise by PdN but I don’t really like it that much. It turns a bit cloying after it’s on for awhile.

  28. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Puredistance Opardu

    I love this perfume. Florals are not my usual go to scents but Opardu just hits all the right buttons. It has been almost 7 hours since initial wearing and I still smell fabulous!

    • sayitisntso says:

      A little envious! I keep eyeing that on Lucky Scent but that price point scares me!

      • hajusuuri says:

        I lucked out with a Basenotes split where the price was at I think 40% off regular price.

    • anngd says:

      Interesting. Tried it and could not spell anything after 15 minutes!

      • hajusuuri says:

        I gave myself 4 healthy sprays from the big bullet-like atomizer. Did you dab or spray? Many find it fleeting as well; I am one of the lucky exceptions.

        • anngd says:

          I dabbed from a sample. Reluctant to dive in for a FB. Sorry about the mis-spelled word!

  29. platinum14 says:

    Perles de Lalique on this hot and humid day!

  30. sweetgrass says:

    Wearing Reem Acra EDP today. Was considering Lolita Lempicka but the Reem Acra was calling to me, saying “No, wear me, wear me!”

  31. egabbert says:

    You inspired me to go PdN as well: I’m wearing L’Eau Mixte, such a great grapefruit/cassis scent.

  32. Aparatchick says:

    Joining you in PdN Eau Exotique. Exotique and Eau d’Ete are my hot-weather go-tos.

  33. Nightingale says:

    SOTD – Eau Claire des Merveilles which I found in a box of untried samples. I am planning to go in for a more thorough spray – this may be love. Oh my fickle heart!

  34. Oakland Fresca says:

    Patou 1000 edp from a sample I ordered from StC… It’s been growing on me all morning.

    Sometimes I have to play a silly game with myself when I try some of the older frags… I talk myself into thinking it is a niche scent from a hip Williamsburg atelier… then I can judge it on its merits… otherwise I tend to dismiss it too quickly.

  35. aimiliona says:

    Tuesday’s beach discussion led me to wear Cote d’Amour. I’m almost as far as it is possible to get from an ocean on this continent, so I need an occasional sniff of salt.

  36. jirish says:

    Wearing Mandragore edt today. Nearing the end of the bottle – my first since I fell down the perfume rabbit hole! Now I’m wondering whether I should replace it with the edp or stick with the edt. Does anyone know if there are noticeable differences between the two other than how long they last?

  37. Parley says:

    Today’s sotd was Tauer parfum’s L’air du désert Marocain. Unfortunately I did not match my outfit with my fragrance today so no billowing shawls. It worked well in the chilly but sunny spell we’ve had here lately and I think the dryness of it would make it suitable for hotter days also, and it’s really long-lasting. I’m not sure I love it enough to consider a bottle though…

  38. jjlook says:

    Tried Lubin Idole from the giant sample bag I was super-lucky to get in a swap. Don’t know if it’s spiced-rumminess suits me as it almost immediately caused a sneezing fit. It’s kind of nice when something is immediately ruled out for me?

  39. Laurels says:

    L’Artisan Traversee du Bosphore. I can’t decide whether I like it or not. I’ll have to wear it this weekend after Forgotten Friends Friday.

  40. Laila says:

    SOTD is Guerlain AA Ylang & Vanille, one of the very few scents I wear on a cold winter’s day and a sultry summer one. Not sure why I purchased this years ago, I love vanilla but my tolerance for tropical florals is very low; the ylang in this is way too strong while the vanilla disappointingly weak. The smoky drydown is lovely, but it takes a long time to arrive.

  41. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD was Cinnabar. After using it today, I decided it is not suited for Summer, so I guess it will be moved back on the shelf until the cold months come!

  42. lupo says:

    Late to the party :) in my part of the world it is already tomorrow! Anyway, wearing Gucci pour Homme II and what a lovely scent it is. Have a wonderful day one and all!

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